Z-B, Grayslake North survive and advance
By Bryan Bonato Special to The News-Sun October 22, 2012 8:52PM
Grayslake North players (from left) Stefani Keilwitz, Brittany Greig, Kelly Casey Lisa Lowry, Kelsey Klausner and Maggie Fish celebrate after winning the match. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 22, 2012 1:56AM
Zion-Benton and Grayslake North were quarterfinal-round winners Monday in the Class 4A regional girls volleyball tournament hosted by Grayslake North.
The Zee-Bees beat Round Lake 25-16, 25-13 and the Knights downed Grant 25-20, 25-16.
In Tuesday’s semifinals, Grayslake North (12-24) will play McHenry at 6 p.m., followed by Zion-Benton (12-22) against Warren.
Of the four teams in action, the host Knights looked the sharpest.
Joanna Guhl (7 kills), Melanie Akin (5 kills) and Kelsey Clausner (5 kills) led the attack and Lisa Lowry had 16 assists.
Grayslake North only trailed 1-0 in Game 1 and built its lead from there. In Game 2, it raced out to an 8-0 lead behind Lowry’s serve.
“We’re peaking at the right time,” said North coach Nikki Kirchway. “That’s the important thing. We started building confidence with the way we played at Grayslake Central, and then we lit it up against Woodstock North on Thursday.
“We’re on the right track.”
Grant finished its season 16-18.
“We’re obviously disappointed with the way we played tonight,” said Grant coach Sue Thompson. “We went 4-1 in the Crosstown Classic last weekend and played much, much better.
“We played tonight like we were intimidated. We were never able to get anything going.”
Grant was led by Beka Couch (7 kills) and Brooke Buckley (6 kills).
Zion-Benton was outplayed by Round Lake for much of Game 1 before assuming control.
Leading the Bees were Megan Crane (5 kills), Addie Powles (5 kills) and Monica Donald (5 kills).
“The start was a little disappointing,” said Z-B coach Jacob Carlson. “Coming into regional play, you’d like to be a little more focused than we were.
“Sometimes when you play a team you know you should beat, that happens. Eventually, we started serving well and getting some good contract from our hitters.”
Zion-Benton and Warren split a pair of matches this year, and Carlson is looking forward to the win-or-go-home match.
“We know Warren well enough. We know the things we need to do against them, but we have to execute.”
Round Lake finished 8-27.